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New rider, need more experience Question

Hello, just passed my test really recently and i would like to think about getting better at riding to be safer. I have had a car for a few years so i understand the roads well i think but my experience on motorbikes is obviously limited to my practice and the tests which was on a 600cc bike.
I would like to learn how to corner well and be in control of the bike.

Wat are my options?
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    Tuesday, February 24 2015, 10:39 AM - #Permalink
    If you liked the people who passed you then first ask them if they offer advanced motorcycle courses or expert 1 to 1 tuition.

    Failing that, try any Advanced Motoring organisation, like AIM.

    And practice.:D
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    Thursday, February 26 2015, 12:23 AM - #Permalink
    I need more experience as well.
    I will most likely try a track day first as it sounds great but i am a bit scared of dropping my lovely bike.
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    Sunday, March 01 2015, 12:35 PM - #Permalink
    Thanks, I have looked into some extra advanced level tuition but its quite expensive for the time out on the bike, plus i need to get a bike first really :)
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    Wednesday, March 04 2015, 03:12 PM - #Permalink
    Check out a race school nearest to you.

    what you learn there can help you on the road, for sure.

    http://www.haslamraceschool.com/ is good.
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    Sunday, March 08 2015, 02:51 PM - #Permalink
    Jump4Joy wrote:

    Check out a race school nearest to you.

    what you learn there can help you on the road, for sure.

    http://www.haslamraceschool.com/ is good.


    Will be gong that myself i reckon. I would love to try out a track this summer but would rather use a schools bike as i would start crying if i smashed mine up.
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 03:20 PM - #Permalink
    I think race school might be jumping ahead a bit too far for NewBikerGP.

    I would suggest just going out for rides until you are very comfortable with general riding. Are there any biker meeting places near you? Its actually safer going by yourself at first because following introduces further complications.

    Once you're happy riding on any roads in all conditions then you can look at leaning the bike over and gettin yer knee down ;)

    For the best info on riding look for Keith Code's "Twist of the Wrist 2"
    Short version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwgb0mtgnlo
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    Tuesday, March 17 2015, 06:23 PM - #Permalink
    I did an off road scrambler thingy a while back which boosted my confidence no end.
    Its mostly about time on the bike as ED says.

    For exmaple, some people are scared of wet roads but once you get used tojust riding smoother and that braking is fine and wont actually kill you, you will be fine.
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    Wednesday, March 18 2015, 06:59 PM - #Permalink
    I will be trying some of these suggestions myself.
    Good thread.
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    Wednesday, March 18 2015, 11:17 PM - #Permalink
    Yep, the most important thing you must learn for riding is smoothness. This can only be achieved with practice at your own pace.

    You must be confident to control the throttle, brakes and clutch smoothly even in emergency situations. (the emergency stuff like braking can be practiced in safe areas)
    Once you can change gear smoothly, accelerate smoothly (harder than is sounds) and importantly, brake smoothly then you can start on the cornering techniques.
    If you are not smooth with any of the three controls then cornering will go very wrong. (Of course I'm talking about knee down serious cornering)

    So get out on the road and enjoy the learning experience ;)

    [Ramble]
    Just make sure not to push yourself or get over excited (easy to do on a nice day after a long winter)
    If you realize you are in 'overtake mode' (you know, when you just want to get around the next car... and the next...etc) or if you think "I shouldn't have done that..." then reset by just riding at car speed (slow ;)) and looking around you more and not only straight ahead.
    [/Ramble]
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